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Emergency services vehicle builder secures [pounds sterling]19m of orders in three months; O&H Vehicle Technology gets set for growth under new boss.

Byline: Alistair Houghton

An experienced managing director is making strides in his new role at the helm of Goole-based emergency services vehicle builder, O&H Vehicle Technology.

Since joining the firm at the start of 2019 from Kirklees-based fire vehicle manufacturer Rosenbauer UK, , he has secured [pounds sterling]19 million of orders -- the equivalent of a year's worth of orders -- within three months. That has solidified the future of O&H and and filled the order book for 12 months.

He has also been joined at the firm by Rory Wilde, who served 10 years at Rosenbauer UK alongside Mr North. He brings 16 years of highly-skilled trade experience.

The contracts will see O&H build 350 Patient Transport Vehicles for Yorkshire Ambulance Service over the next two-to-three years; as well as 119 units for the North East Ambulance Service. Orders have also been secured with Epsom & St Helier and G4S.

O&H is owned by private equity house Endless LLP. At the start of 2019, the investment firm drafted Oliver North in, who has been in the emergency services sector for 15 years.

Within four months, Mr North has orchestrated a rebrand and immensely improved the perception of O&H within the industry. He has also driven a "Built in Britain" philosophy, as part of "Project O&H 2.0" -- which is the organisation's internal term for driving innovation, efficiency and a positive culture.

Oliver said: "We're absolutely thrilled to have had an exceptional first quarter of 2019. It represents the wholehearted desire of our reinvigorated team here at O&H. At the start of 2019, we recognised all which needed improving at the organisation as we 'pressed the button' on making it happen. All aspects of O&H needed improvement but luckily we have the experience and pedigree to have made the changes as quickly as possible.

"I was also delighted when Rory approached us to join the team -- he is the most skilled and the most obsessed coachbuilder I've ever seen at work, which will prove essential as we strive for constant improvement in pursuit of perfection.

"I'm proud of our entire team of tradespeople at O&H and Rory's acumen bolsters our capability hugely. We will strive for continual improvement of our company to put us back to where we used to be -- as UK market leaders."


Credit: Huddersfield Daily Examiner

Oliver North has moved from Rosenbauer UK to O&H Vehicle Technology

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Publication:Birmingham Post (Birmingham, England)
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Date:Jun 7, 2019
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